Soups & Stews

Brodo

Ingredients 3 lb beef (top blade chuck or shank) One 3- to 4-lb chicken 3 medium yellow onions 3 carrots 3 celery stalks 3 fresh or canned plum tomatoes 1 sachet containing 3 whole cloves, 8 black peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, and 3 thyme sprigs […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Can I Freeze This? Tips for Stocking your Freezer

One of the most frequently asked questions from guests at our CIA campuses is: “Can I freeze this?” And it’s a good question! After all, no matter how much you like to cook, there are some days that having a back-up dinner ready to go can be a life-saver. You’ll […]

Soups & Stews

Chicken Broth

Makes 2 1/2 quarts broth Ingredients 4 lb stewing hen parts, including backs and necks 3 qt cold water, plus more as needed 1 large yellow onion, cut into medium dice 1 celery stalk, cut into medium dice 1 carrot, cut into medium dice 5 black peppercorns, cracked 4 parsley […]

Free Recipes, Side Dishes

Curried Cauliflower “Couscous”

Try adding an extra serving of vegetables to any meal with some curried cauliflower couscous. This makes a great make ahead side dish for meal prepping. Makes 4 servings 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Break the cauliflower into florets, slicing the larger florets in half. Toss the cauliflower […]

Chef's Notes

Meal Prep Time Savers

Starting a new cooking routine doesn’t have to be daunting, and accepting your limitations for time, space, budget, and skill is the first step to creating a realistic strategy. At the CIA, we think food is fun, so we make a lot of our ingredients at home, but that doesn’t […]

Chef's Notes

Meal Prep: Chickpeas

Sundays are all about relaxing at home and prepping for the week ahead. A lot of us have a go-to meal prep routine that includes cooking a bunch of protein, steaming veggies, or constructing a salad, and finishing with some sort of dessert. Did you know that you can use […]

Chef's Notes, Salads, Side Dishes

Meal Prep: Grain Salad

It’s that time of the week again when we have to start thinking about the meals to come for the week. We think that Sunday is the perfect day to batch cook a few simple dishes and ingredients to make the work week go by smoother. Today we are talking […]

Chef's Notes

Meal Prep: Sandwiches

Sandwiches are a staple in most of our weekly routines. Something about putting together a sandwich brings comfort and nostalgia to some and dread to others. Sandwiches are as easy as putting an ingredient between bread to as elaborate as chopping, slicing, spreading, toasting, grilling, baking and even frying! What […]

Allergen Friendly, Free Recipes, Main Dishes

Roasted Veggie Fajita Bowls

Makes 4 servings These bowls are endlessly customizable for a quick and filling weeknight dinner. Add thinly sliced raw chicken breast to the veggie mixture before cooking or top the bowls with leftover chili or pulled pork. Drizzle with pico de gallo, sour cream, or a sprinkle of shredded cheese […]

Chef's Notes

Spring Salads with Your Farmers’ Market Finds

As we look forward to our yearly Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit, which perfectly coincides with the start of spring, we naturally (and typically!) are finding ourselves hungry. Spring is a food-lover’s best season—seconded only by Thanksgiving, of course—with a seemingly endless bounty of vibrant colors and flavors at the local […]

Chef's Notes

Sunday Meal Prep: Cookie Edition

This week, we’re borrowing some time from our Sunday meal prep to sneak a few treats into our cookie jars and freezers. Follow our lead and load your freezer with your family’s traditional can’t-miss cookies. Be sure you make your to-do list now so you can relish in the satisfaction […]

Soups & Stews

Vegetable Stock

Makes 2 1/2 quarts stock Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced 1 leek, thinly sliced 1 carrot, thinly sliced 1 parsnip, thinly sliced 1 cup thinly sliced broccoli stems 1 cup thinly sliced fennel 5 black peppercorns, cracked 4 parsley stems […]